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What is Flu?

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Flu Symptoms

Post by Wallace on Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:06 pm

The flu is characterized by a collection of symptoms that can often occur suddenly. The primary symptoms are:



  • Fever (higher than 100 F)
    A
    fever occurs when your body temperature increases in response to
    illness or injury. Your temperature is considered elevated when it is
    higher than 100F.


  • Muscle aches
    While it is normal to feel body aches from physical overexertion, body
    aches that are sudden and unexplained can be a sign of the flu.


  • Chills
    Body chills that are not related to a cold environment can be a sign of the flu.
  • Extreme tiredness
    It's
    normal to feel tired at the end of a long day or when you don't get
    adequate sleep, but unexplained tiredness can be a sign of the flu.

Additionally, other symptoms can exist, including:


  • Headache
    A headache associated with the flu may appear suddenly, and be related to body aches or nasal congestion you're experiencing.


  • Dry cough
    Know your cough. A productive cough (coughing up mucus) is common with
    a cold, while a non-productive or dry cough (with no mucus) is
    associated with the flu.


  • Sore throat
    Swelling in the throat can lead to a sore throat.


  • Runny nose
    Runny nose may also occur but is more common in children than adults.


  • Stomach symptoms
    Stomach symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are more common in children than in adults


  • [b]Chest discomfort
    Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.


Think you might have the flu? Or does someone you know have it?



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What is Flu?

Post by Wallace on Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:09 pm

Help protect yourself and your family from the flu by knowing more about the flu:






  • The
    flu is a contagious virus that is spread from one person to another
    through tiny droplets that are released into the air when a person
    infected with the flu coughs or sneezes.
    Sometimes, people can become infected by touching their nose or mouth after touching something infected by the flu virus.






  • Most
    healthy adults can infect others one day before they begin experiencing
    symptoms and up to five days after they become sick. That means you can
    pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well
    as while you are sick.






  • A typical case of the flu can last up to one week.





  • The
    flu can be a serious illness, particularly for mature populations aged
    50 and older, and those with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart
    disease, and asthma.






  • Flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May. Track the flu in your area.


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TAMIFLU and Flu

Post by Wallace on Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:12 pm

Important Safety Information


TAMIFLU
is prescribed for treating adults and children 1 year and older with
influenza (flu) whose symptoms started within the last day or two.
TAMIFLU can also reduce the chance of getting the flu in patients 1
year and older. TAMIFLU is not a substitute for the annual flu
vaccinations (you should still get the flu shot every year). Before
taking TAMIFLU, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing, or if
you have kidney disease, heart disease, respiratory disease, or other
serious health conditions. Also, let your doctor know if you are taking
any other medications or if you have received nasally administered
influenza virus vaccine during the past two weeks.

If you
develop an allergic reaction or a severe rash, stop taking TAMIFLU and
contact your healthcare professional immediately, as it may be very
serious. People with the flu, particularly children and adolescents,
may be at an increased risk of self injury and confusion shortly after
taking TAMIFLU and should be closely monitored for signs of unusual
behavior. A healthcare professional should be contacted immediately if
the patient taking TAMIFLU shows any signs of unusual
behavior.

The most common side effects are mild to moderate nausea and vomiting.
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Re: What is Flu?

Post by Thewolf on Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:03 pm

Good topic dear, but where is the flu now?
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Re: What is Flu?

Post by glourious on Fri Mar 12, 2010 5:31 pm

interesting topic and useful information..thanks.
and...STAY HEALTHY
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